Water Scarcity

October Malawi Newsletter

Partnership. Power. Progress. It all starts with you.”

On the Ground in Malawi:
According to scientists at Purdue University the most limiting factor to humans on this planet is water. Water’s limitations can be a very scary, especially when we think about all the water that is needed in daily life and used to produce items we need to survive, such as crops. But a very simple way to increase food production without using more drinkable water can be found in a simple and innovative technology, treadle pumps. RippleEffect sells treadle pumps, which move standing water from nearby puddles or ponds to irrigate croplands without electricity or any input other than manpower and water. This simple but resourceful method of irrigation increases yields, nutritional value of crops, and prevents wind erosion without using precious drinking water. Be a part of the change here.

Dates to Remember in October:
October 16, 2013 is World Food Day. This is a day to celebrate all the advancements that have been made in the agricultural realms, as well as understand the hunger that still remains in this world. The 16-19th of this month is the World Food Prize Symposium where scientists and agriculturalists from all over the world showcase their work and global agriculture in Des Moines, Iowa. Keep up with the conference at http://www.worldfoodprize.org/ and learn about global agriculture.

Featured Kit:
Did you know that RippleEffect has supplied and built over 163 efficient stove kits in the last 6 months? Each stove slows deforestation, reduces carbon dioxide output, and increase the amount of time girls and women have to attend school. Get involved in the movement!

Thank you supporters for all your continued help and gifts. You truly make a difference!

Malawi Government Helps Its People

September Newsletter
Partnership. Power. Progress. It all starts with you.”

On the Ground In Malawi:

Malawi is still suffering through a severe maize shortage. However, the President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, has taken the unusual step of selling the presidential jet for 15 million dollars and is using that money to buy maize and help feed hungry Malawians. She is also reinvesting part of the money to help expand Malawi legume research. This isn’t the first of Banda’s attempts to reduce spending and reinvest money to help alleviate hunger, she has cut her salary by 30 percent and is currently selling 35 of her cabinet’s Mercedes-Benz cars. These cuts may seem small but Malawi’s total GDP is only 149th out of 183 countries. It would seem that President Banda is working hard to alleviate poverty in her country. To learn more click the link to the article http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-malawi-to-feed-poor-with-cash-from-selling-presidents-jet/1743726.html

Educational Road Blocks in Malawi

August Newsletter

Educational Road Blocks:

As universities and schools are starting up again this month in the United States, it is a good time to reflect on Malawi’s educational system. According to the CIA World book, in Malawi are 81% of males and 65% of females are literate. This literacy disparity is generally caused by the increased household duties that require young girls to skip school to complete. These activities are normally gathering wood, water, or food or watching their younger siblings while their parents work. Through better wood, water, and food sources many of these pressures can be alleviated so these young girls can go to school and become educated and provide a better life to their future families.

Trees Make a Difference

July Newsletter

Trees, Trees, Trees:

Many of us have planted trees before to create new habitat for animals, restore old forests, or to make our property more secure. The tree kits through RippleEffect share all of these benefits with Malawi. But, they also provide another important service: education. This connection is not as abstract as one would think. In Malawi, and many countries in Africa, water and food must be warmed in order to rid it of harmful bacteria and wood is the cheapest and most common heating source. However wood can be very difficult to find due to the fact that Malawi is deforested to the point that only 40% of the trees and forests in Malawi remain intact. So children, mostly girls, walk up to 15 miles every day to get to a wood source in order for them or their mothers to prepare food. This walk can take up to 6 hours one-way, leaving the girl with little time to attend school.

How RippleEffect Works

June Newsletter


The Power of a Ripple:


It is very important to us that you, as supporters, know exactly what the RippleEffect does and why it is important. For those of you who know what we do, here is a refresher course. For those of you new to RippleEffect, we hope this will give you a new understanding of the importance of our work. The motto of our organization is ‘a hand up, not a hand out,’ and we as a group strive to make that a reality. We create kits and gifts that will continue to give throughout the years to the families in Malawi. For example, let’s say you buy a bee kit. Once your donation is sent to our field technicians on the ground in Malawi, they then set up the kit and assign it to a family that is in the greatest need. The technician then shows the family how to work with the bees to create honey, how to market and sell honey and pollination services, and lastly, how to grow their hives. Thus, over time the family gains more income, nutrition, and knowledge that they can pass down to their children.